Friday, December 24, 2010

A Special Sweet Gift


                                      MAYNARD’s Pure Confectionery
                                                  sounds so much better then Maynard Greenhouse.
                                                 This tin was given to us by a friendly customer that who had bought it at an antique
                                                             maynard copy
                                      And it’s from England!!!!!!
                                        I had heard of the company but wasn’t sure if it
                                       was still in business or  much else about the company.
                             A little research found this:
                                           Maynards was founded in 1896 by Charles Riley Maynard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A family business, he and his brother Tom manufactured the sweets in their kitchen whilst Tom's wife,
                                        Sarah Ann worked in the shop. Although the company was founded in 1896, Charles had been making his sweets since 1880.
                                                Maynards Wine Gums were introduced in 1909 by son Charles Gordon Maynard.
                                           Maynards has since been bought by Cadbury and now sells over £50m of sweets annually in the UK.
                                                            ( source found at wikipedia)
                             See now you know too….
                                      Then I received this gorgeous white and glittered package all nicely bowed with lace and a
                                      medallion (that I forgot to photograph).
                                 from my friend Laura
                                                              maynard 2
                                                And here’s what I received !!!!!!! I was so thrilled. I remembered Laura saying that she
                                              had found something special at the flea market back in the Summer
                                           when she went with Marcy from the blog Brocantess.
                                            I had seen Marcy this Fall at Brimfield and she mentioned that I would love it.
                                 Deanna had been there too when Laura bought the chocolate mold but was sworn  to secrecy
                                        If you want to see Laura post about her fleamarket adventure that day you
                                  can view it HERE
                                   I just absolutely LOVE it.
                                  My heart skipped a beat when I saw it.
                                   I kind of had a feeling that it was something related to our name or
                                greenhouses but I never suspected THIS!!!
                                     The gentleman that was selling them had been collecting old molds
                                   his whole life and was downsizing his collection.
                               Lucky me and lucky that Laura was there to scoop it up.
                              Anyone who knows Laura and follows her blog
                             is aware she has a knack for finding the best things.
                                                         maynard 1
                                        I can’t wait to make my own Chocolate bars
                          with our name on it.
                                   I planned on getting some done last night but sleepy eyes took over and I
                        fell asleep on the couch again.
                                         The markings are so cool on the mold. I looked up Plattinol and all I could
                                           find was that it was a preferred finish for chocolate molds so it would have
                                 a smooth shiny finish.
                          Thank you Laura……I will treasure it forever and
                            George being the chocoholic that he is going to enjoy the EATING!
me too!

                  Still so much to do before Christmas day……
             still have not finished decorating the tree….
                   This is the plastic bin that I just opened last night
                                                             blue balls
                                      I wasn’t sure what the color scheme was going to be this year?
                        After opening the box it was already decided.
                    It’s BLUE!!!
                             Not a good packing job. The better ornaments are on the bottom.
                           I should take a page from Suzans book….be better organized!
                        Maybe next year!

                      I want to wish you all a Joyous and Peaceful
                       Christmas Day!
                                              You all have made my life so much better…..I have made such wonderful friends,
                                  that if not for blogging I would never have had the chance to know.
                  Thank you soooooo much for that!!!

                                                                              “ Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred,
                                                                                    and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit,
                                                                                                  become a child again at Christmas-time.” 
                                                                                                                      ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

      LOVE and PEACE

18 comments: said...

What awesome gifts!!!!!!Well you're awesome so I guess it was meant to be:) I hope you and George have the Best Christmas ever. And yes, we have to get together in 2011!!!
~Debra XXX
Capers of the vintage vixens

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Carole,
That is so nice, the tin and that beautiful chocolat mold. How nice of Laura to have hunted that beautiful piece down for you and save it for a special time. I can never save things, have to give them right away, she's a sweetheart in gifting it to you!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Merry,Merry Christmas Carole!
I am so glad that you and George love that chocolate mold as much as I loved finding it!
I hope that you have a peaceful and beautiful Christmas and that you get a chance to rest a little! I am wishing all wonderful things for 2011 and hope that we get to spend lots of fun times together!
Lots of love,

Evi said...

Dear Carole and George,
Ebbie and I would like to wish you both a wonderful Christmas and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
I know you will have a lovely time at Paula's house for the holiday.
I am so sorry that we could not come last week, well you know the problem...
the back is getting better and all the B-12 shots should also help.
We are trying to come next Wednesday and hope to see you somehow!
Enjoy the holiday,
lots and lots of love my friend...I really missed you,
Evi and Ebbie

oldgreymare said...

Carole and George,

What wonderful presents! What wonderful friends!

A very Merry Christmas to you and I think the blue tree will be gorgeous.

blessings to you both


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Love and Peace to you and George!! and all the little kitty kats!!

Carole both these presents are fabulous!!! proof that you are indeed a sweet friend and come from a long line of sweetness!! hehe Love your photography also...feel like I could just reach out and touch that chocolate mould..

Have a wonderful Christmas my friend and I'll catch up more in email.. ciao xxx lots of love.. Julie

trash talk said...

You are so blessed to have such loving and thoughtful friends. The thought that went into each of those gifts is just priceless.
My Christmas wish for you is that you find the time for a nice relaxing bubble bath...pronto!
Merry Christmas!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Love the very special! I know Laura is a very special friend as well.

Can't believe that you are still decorating a tree! I've given up on getting anything energy at all! I even allowed mis-matched wrapping paper to be used which doesn't meet with my colors...can you imagine?

Have a wonderful Christmas and may all your dreams come true!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

What special gifts you received and love it that your name is on them, ... just fabulous.
Wishing you and George and kitty cats the best and happiest Christmas.
I hope it is filled with the sweetest of blessings.


It's me said...

What e great gift from Laura!!!...Merry Christmas.......


Love Ria....

Anonymous said...

Such wonderful gifts! Merry, Merry Christmas to you & yours, Carole!


Heaven's Walk - said...

What sweet sweet gifts, Carole! How fun! Love the idea of you making your own chocolate bars! :) Those'll make great Christmas gifts next year! :) I'm so very glad that I met you through blogland this year, Carole. You have been a sweet, supportive inspiration to me. And I'm looking forward to getting to know you better in the coming year and seeing more of your creativity! ♥ Christmas blessings to you!

xoxo laurie

Luiza said...

WOW!!!! That is one special and beautiful gift!!!!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday!!!


Olive Cooper said...

Splendid "Maynards" treats for you. Lovely friends you have. Hope you had a happy Christmas. We have snow in the deep south!

Kathleen said...

Sweet! And Maynard is not that common of a name. Mine is, so we find lots of things with our name on t!
Can't wait to see your chocolate.
What a storm! We barely made it home yesterday. 1 mile from home, going 20 mph spun out back and forth across the road twice. Thank God no one was near us, it was very scary!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

What awesome and personal gifts, Carole! The tin is wonderful and the chocolate mold is so cool!!! Who else is able to make chocolate bars with their own name on it. I can understand your excitement :-)!!!
Big hugs, dear friend

Anonymous said...

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Carole said...

Hi Anonymous,
I would love to keep in touch. I don't however have your email from this comment.
mine is
which is also in my profile.

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